Places

People make, shape and break physical and political locations — and vice versa. We study kaitiakitanga, disaster recovery, health and migration — old and new.

As society's critic and conscience, we study the actions and stories of our nation's tangata whenua and tauiwi — in order to inform and imagine our futures.

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Māori researchers study te reo Māori, history, art, criminology, social justice, politics and film across all four of our schools.

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We study human impacts on and responses to the physical world: from climate change, disaster recovery and energy policies to land grabs and ancient agriculture.

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We critique psychiatry, study histories — medicine in Japan, epidemics, New Zealand public health — and advise on transplant ethics, and mental health.

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Literature, love, politics, drama, philosophy, gender roles, travel, wars, Crusades — collectively we create a richly complex picture of Medieval Europe.

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We study exile, internal displacement, justice for refugees, transnationalism, diasporas, and ancient settlement, from Korea to Ireland to here in the Pacific.

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A significant idea drives much of Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath's research with Pacific communities: Suicide is preventable.

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Multi-award winner Dr Ngarino Ellis sings to Māori artworks in archives the world over — and posts their images on social media to inspire today's artists.

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Professor Andreas Neef researches strategies used around the world to survive in extreme circumstances, including disasters and land grabbing.

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We combine macro and micro knowledges — getting down to the nitty-gritty and zooming out for the larger picture — to develop understandings of life.

Focusing on the details

Institutions can empower the vulnerable and/or discriminate and attack. We study collective actions and categories: their causes, effects and resistance.

Critiquing institutions

Narratives help us to explain events, actions and motivations with a beginning, middle and end. We study the stories of others and create our own.

Telling stories